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Two Happy Campers is us, Mark & Michele. We’re part-time wanderers, full-time photographers and lovers of all things outdoors. We believe in creating big, bold, beautiful lives filled with adventure. May this website inspire you to get outside, live simply, smile often and love life.

 

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An airplane update: finding out if the engine will run

When we bought our Kitfox airplane three weeks ago, we bought it knowing there was a possibility it would need a new motor.  We got such a great deal, the airframe alone was worth the price we paid, that we were willing to take the risk of having to buy a new motor. ...

Happy Marriage. Happy Life.

Let's talk about marriage. You know the saying "happy wife, happy life"?  We hear it nearly every weekend (we photograph weddings for a living), it's the go-to ending for every father's toast.  While that saying always gets a good laugh, it's true.  But that's only...

We bought a Kitfox airplane (and trailered it home)!

Tuesday was one of those days that we'll never forget.  After a year-long, exhaustive search for an airplane that would fit our budget, our lifestyle and would perform well in the mountains...we finally found it.  And in the most unexpected way. Through the EAA...

Say “Yes!” and add more life to your days

Remember Jim Carrey's movie "Yes Man"?  A few weeks ago while visiting my family in Arizona I adopted that idea, the idea of saying "yes" more instead of no.  This somewhat subconscious thought was inspired by my adorable nieces.  Let me explain. I am not a kid...

Celebrating Spring in Utah!

Hello Everybody, it's been too long! This winter consisted of two surgeries for me (Michele) and nearly five months on the couch.  It was long, stressful, boring and filled with more Mario Brothers than I ever hope to play again in my life : )  I could not be happier...

Exploring Loveland Pass

Last night I took a drive up to Loveland Pass to photograph some time-lapse sequences just for fun.  If you've never been over Loveland Pass (or any mountain pass in Colorado for that matter) they're not a place you casually hang out at during the winter.  The summit...

Portable Folding Solar Panel: Zamp Solar

Last year we added to our solar supply with a portable folding 80 watt Zamp Solar panel that we got from Chris at Rocky Mountain Four Wheel Campers in Denver.  Our solar setup now includes the Zamp panel (seen above right), our DIY 120 watt panel that stows beneath...

Featured on DIY RV

Amanda Watson of Watsons Wander (be sure to check out her blog for her awesome adventures in full-time Airstream living) just wrote a great article about our travels along with details about our Truck Camper and Utility Trailer setup.  You can check it out at...

6 Colorado scenic drives that will take your breath away

When crossing over the Colorado state line, a very humble little rickety old brown sign welcomes you.  "Welcome to colorful Colorado" it says.  It's the least flashy welcome sign I've ever seen and yet Colorado is one of the most magnificent places I've ever been.  If...

Our Camping Utility Trailer

A little over a year ago we purchase this sweet little homemade trailer that we found on Craigslist in Arizona.  While our Four Wheel Camper had proved to be the perfect setup for us, we were in need of just a little extra space for our extended winter trips that...

Nightscapes & Startrails

Monday night one was one of those perfectly clear nights where all the conditions were just right for some nightscape photography.  We were camped out at a remote spot in Western Colorado where light pollution was non-existent, the small sliver of a moon had just set...

Mods & Additions to our Four Wheel Camper

Last year I wrote a post titled "Our Truck Camper Setup" and talked about what our Four Wheel Camper included stock from the factory, what upgrades we ordered at the time of purchase and what we've added since then.  I'd love to expand on what we've added and why. ...

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